COLOMBO: Following the clashes between Buddhist and Muslim communities, Sri Lanka has announced a state of emergency in the country.
A government spokesman announced this on Tuesday morning.
The state of emergency will remain effective for ten days.
The tension has been on the rise between the two peace-loving communities after some Buddhist radical groups alleged Sri Lankan Muslims of forcing people to convert to Islam and vandalizing Buddhist archaeological sites.
Hardliner Buddhists also protested when Sri Lanka gave asylum to Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar, where Buddhist nationalism has also been on the rise.
“At a special cabinet meeting, it was decided to declare a state of emergency for 10 days to prevent the spread of communal riots to other parts of the country,” the spokesman, Dayasiri Jayasekara, told a wire service.
“It was also decided to take stern action against people who are instigating violence through Facebook,” he added, referring to postings on social media.